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Ride high at Timberline Stables

August 20, 2011
By Debra Wolf - Special to The Inter-Mountain

By Debra Wolf

Special to The Inter-Mountain

Spending time in the saddle exploring the trails neighboring Timberline Stables and Timberline Four Seasons Resort is highly recommended. The scenery is pristine, the horses are manageable, and the time spent with friends having a western-style adventure in West Virginia is worth coming back for more.

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By Debra Wolf
Special to The Inter-Mountain

Spending time in the saddle exploring the trails neighboring Timberline Stables and Timberline Four Seasons Resort is highly recommended. The scenery is pristine, the horses are manageable, and the time spent with friends having a western-style adventure in West Virginia is worth coming back for more.
Jarrod Lemley of Thomas recently went on an outing at Timberline Stables with a group of friends. He was impressed with the ease he felt relating to his ride. “When I touched the horse in certain ways, she responded appropriately. Nothing was forced. When I asked her to move in one direction or the other, she did automatically,” Lemley said.
Lemley has benefited from the hard work invested in Timberline Stables by owners Matt Shockley and Angie Senic Shockley. The couple ensures each ride begins with both educational instruction and safety instruction. “We really emphasize safety here and we really do try to educate,” Matt Shockley said.
The emphasis on instruction has dual benefits. The increased knowledge of the riders benefits both their safety and that of the horses. “We really like to get to know our riders,” Shockley said. “When they return for rides, they know more about riding and horses and we can build on that.”
Guests can choose to go out on the trails for either one hour or two hours. Timberline Stables has 20 horses and furnishes tack for all rides. Helmets are provided for an extra measure of safety. Guides accompany all trips and continue to provide education about horses during rides. Trips can pre-arranged by appointment or guests can drop by the stables and find out when the next available ride goes out. There are lots of trails on the Timberline property to cover.
Timberline Stables offers half-day rides, full-day rides and adventure rides. During the full-day rides, lunch is provided by Timberline Four Seasons Resort. More rugged terrain is selected for the adventure rides. Season passes are available for those who would like to turn up more frequently. “A season pass holder can go out any time a horse is available and a ride is going out,” Senic Shockley said.
Lemley has been among the customers voicing interest in the season pass. “I would really like to have a season pass. It would be awesome to just drop in whenever I am able. The horses are a great way to explore,” Lemley said.
Timberline Stables has a campground. Guests visiting the Canaan Valley area can bring their horses with them. Campsites are available for $15 a night. For those without their own horses, camping is still available on the stable grounds. “We have campfire evenings on the weekends. It is a great way to unwind after a day out on the trails. There is no charge for the campfires,” Senic Shockley said.
Timberline Stables is kid friendly. “We offer pony rides for $5. The pony rides are actually on the horses though,” Senic Shockley said. For children who haven’t been around horses much and need to feel more comfortable, the stable offers buddy saddle rides. “A child can ride alongside of their parent. We have a saddle for both the parent and the child on the horse,” Senic Shockley explained.
Trail riding or time with the horses is not limited to time of day or the season of the year. Moonlight rides occur frequently. “We go out and ride, when the moon is full. We go out and ride in the winter. We have rides over to the pub at Timberline,” Senic Shockley said.
Matt Shockley prefers the winter riding. “It is very beautiful to ride here in the winter. Everything is still. The trails are beautiful with the fresh powder. We also take sleigh rides,” Shockley said.
Without the snow on the slopes, without skis, snowboards or snowmobiles to traverse with over the terrain, the trails at Timberline still beckon and sitting in a saddle on top of a healthy horse may be the best way to ride.

Jarrod Lemley of Thomas recently went on an outing at Timberline Stables with a group of friends. He was impressed with the ease he felt relating to his ride. "When I touched the horse in certain ways, she responded appropriately. Nothing was forced. When I asked her to move in one direction or the other, she did automatically," Lemley said.

Lemley has benefited from the hard work invested in Timberline Stables by owners Matt Shockley and Angie Senic Shockley. The couple ensures each ride begins with both educational instruction and safety instruction. "We really emphasize safety here and we really do try to educate," Matt Shockley said.

The emphasis on instruction has dual benefits. The increased knowledge of the riders benefits both their safety and that of the horses. "We really like to get to know our riders," Shockley said. "When they return for rides, they know more about riding and horses and we can build on that."

Guests can choose to go out on the trails for either one hour or two hours. Timberline Stables has 20 horses and furnishes tack for all rides. Helmets are provided for an extra measure of safety. Guides accompany all trips and continue to provide education about horses during rides. Trips can pre-arranged by appointment or guests can drop by the stables and find out when the next available ride goes out. There are lots of trails on the Timberline property to cover.

Timberline Stables offers half-day rides, full-day rides and adventure rides. During the full-day rides, lunch is provided by Timberline Four Seasons Resort. More rugged terrain is selected for the adventure rides. Season passes are available for those who would like to turn up more frequently. "A season pass holder can go out any time a horse is available and a ride is going out," Senic Shockley said.

Lemley has been among the customers voicing interest in the season pass. "I would really like to have a season pass. It would be awesome to just drop in whenever I am able. The horses are a great way to explore," Lemley said.

Timberline Stables has a campground. Guests visiting the Canaan Valley area can bring their horses with them. Campsites are available for $15 a night. For those without their own horses, camping is still available on the stable grounds. "We have campfire evenings on the weekends. It is a great way to unwind after a day out on the trails. There is no charge for the campfires," Senic Shockley said.

Timberline Stables is kid friendly. "We offer pony rides for $5. The pony rides are actually on the horses though," Senic Shockley said. For children who haven't been around horses much and need to feel more comfortable, the stable offers buddy saddle rides. "A child can ride alongside of their parent. We have a saddle for both the parent and the child on the horse," Senic Shockley explained.

Trail riding or time with the horses is not limited to time of day or the season of the year. Moonlight rides occur frequently. "We go out and ride, when the moon is full. We go out and ride in the winter. We have rides over to the pub at Timberline," Senic Shockley said.

Matt Shockley prefers the winter riding. "It is very beautiful to ride here in the winter. Everything is still. The trails are beautiful with the fresh powder. We also take sleigh rides," Shockley said.

Without the snow on the slopes, without skis, snowboards or snowmobiles to traverse with over the terrain, the trails at Timberline still beckon and sitting in a saddle on top of a healthy horse may be the best way to ride.

 
 

 

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